On Basilisk Station

audio cd, 13 pages

Published May 15, 2009 by Brilliance Audio.

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3 stars (5 reviews)

Honor in Trouble:

Having made him look like a fool, she's been exiled to Basilisk Station in disgrace and set up for ruin by a superior who hates her.

Her demoralized crew blames her for their ship's humiliating posting to an out-of-the-way picket station.

The aborigines of the system's only habitable planet are smoking homicide-inducing hallucinogens.

Parliament isn't sure it wants to keep the place; the major local industry is smuggling; the merchant cartels want her head; the star-conquering, so-called "Republic" of Haven is Up To Something; and Honor Harrington has a single, over-age light cruiser with an armament that doesn't work to police the entire star system.

But the people out to get her have made one mistake. They've made her mad.

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reviewed On Basilisk Station by David Weber (Honor Harrington #1)

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3 stars

I enjoyed this when I read it. The world building was interesting, and the in-depth construction of the space battles and technology was entertaining. In retrospect, the characters were a bit two dimensional, and while it's good that the protagonist is a woman, it's a bit too obvious at times that she's being written by a man. Not in a gross way, just in an occasionally unfortunate way. As pointed out by other reviewers, the fact that she is a beautiful woman who doesn't realize her own beauty is problematic, and the fact that we're constantly being told about her beauty by other characters is very male gazey.

Still, a much better attempt to do "Hornblower in space" than some other attempts done around the same time cough Seafort Saga cough.

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